What would you do if your significant other told you that they want another partner? What would you do if you met someone and they explained to you that they don’t believe in a traditional monogamous relationship? Recently on “Red Table Talk” Willow Smith opened up about her being interested in a polygamous relationship.
I guess the first step would be to define the difference between a monogamous and polygamous relationship. Monogamy is defined as “when you are married to or in a sexual relationship with, one person at a time” and polygamy is “the practice of engaging in multiple sexual relationships with the consent of all the people involved.” Surprisingly humans are one of the few species that practice monogamous relationships. The key factor to a polygamous relationship is consent. So if you have a secret partner that does not mean you are in a polygamous relationship.
There are different types of polygamous relationships, so if you are considering being in one you and your partners need to be 100 percent on the same page as to what type of relationship you’re practicing. There are open-relationships which usually just mean that you and your partner can have outside sexual relationships, that don’t form into a real committed relationship. Then there are polygamous relationships where all partners are in a relationship together. You have to figure out what type of relationship works for you and even if you are interested. Don’t agree to be in a polygamous relationship if it’s truly not something that you want.
In the case of Willow Smith she said she likes both men and women equally, so being in a traditional relationship wouldn’t be something she’s interested in. There are many types of relationships and you’ve just got to figure out what works for you. Don’t let anyone else opinions dictate what type of relationship you’re in, because ultimately it’s about your happiness.
By Jordan Danae, Northern Illinois Alumna
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